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  • Invisible by PAINTER8

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Please join us at PAINTER8, and other Edmonton art lovers alike, for the..
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  • 19th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour

    Location: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

    The 19th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour is an event you don’t want to..
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  • Wheat Centrepiece Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Join this class to learn how to make a didukh-style centrepiece that can..
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  • Oil Painting for Beginners Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Join this fun oil beginner class to unleash your creativity. Learn about the..
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  • Radio Silence

    Location: Quebec city, QC

    Québec, August 19, 2019 – Folie/Culture invites all those who express themselves through..
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  • LOOK AGAIN!

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    LOOK AGAIN! PAINTINGS BY KATHLEEN SLAVIN AND GAIL PRPICK AT UNIVERSITY..
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  • Pushing Boundaries 2019 Call for Artists Announced

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is seeking professional and emerging First Nations/Métis/Inuit artists, makers and..
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  • CALL TO ARTISTS - “XPOSED: Humans vs. Planet Earth”

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    CALL TO ARTISTS - “XPOSED: Humans vs. Planet Earth” We are looking for unique..
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  • Watercolour Workshop with Frank Townsley

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Sunday 22nd September 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM ..
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  • Call for Illustrators

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Call for Illustrators HighWater Press, in conjunction with the University of Winnipeg’s Six Seasons..
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  • Call for Artists + Photographers – $550.00 Innovate Grants

    Location: , QC

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for Summer 2019. Innovate Grant awards (2)..
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  • Figureworks 2019

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Figureworks 2019 Call for Artists The call for submissions to the 10th annual juried..
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  • Art of Zhen Shan Ren International Exhibition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Art of Zhen Shan Ren International Exhibition consists of works from internationally..
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  • Quasi-Nature

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Archive Contemporary Art Gallery is pleased to present Quasi-Nature, a group exhibition curated..
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  • Call for Installation Artists - Yonge + St. Clair Annual Fall Art Festival

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Calling all artists and designers! We’re seeking proposals for outdoor art installations for..
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  • Sculpture in Paper Masterclass

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Sculpture de papier avec Ray Besserdin Cette classe de maître permettra aux participants d’apprendre..
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  • ‘Scapes Art Exhibition & Sale

    Location: WINNIPEG , MB

    Please join me and artists Elena El, Linda Oleschuk and Connie Wawruck-Hemmett at..
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  • North Van Arts Fundraising Gala

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Join us for North Van Arts 50th Anniversary Fundraising Gala & take a..
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  • North Van Arts 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    July 25 - September 7, 2019 You are invited to join North Van..
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  • Call to Western Canadian Public Art Consultants / Curators :: Lewis Farms Facility & Park

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Call to Western Canadian Public Art Consultants / Curators :: Lewis Farms Facility..
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  • Fraser Valley Artists- Donate your work to support mentoring!

    Location: Abbotsford, BC

    On September 26th, 2019, Big Brothers Big Sisters will be hosting a Harvest..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2019 Fall Online International Exhibition

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Unsettling Nature

    Location: Toronto, ON

    An Exhibition at: The Garage Gallery Benmiller with Artists Jill Price, Leslie Putnam, Morag Webster..
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  • Through the Eyes of a Child

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    Artists Statement: Ed Flanagan My wife had a career as an elementary school..
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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • 13th Solo Art Series -

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 13th “Solo Art Series”..
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  • Call for Art | 3rd Annual Skies Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 3rd Annual Skies online art competition. For this..
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  • 9th Annual Online Exhibition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Sustainable Fashion Designer Looking for Studio Space in Mississauga

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Hi, I'm Amanda, I am an emerging fashion designer starting my business designing..
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  • “Water” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline August 31, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Water nourishes, cleanses, and renews. A drop of water can save..
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  • 32 Points- 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace

    Location: Toronto, ON

    32 Points - 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace International Exhibition September 6-27, 2019 Cedar Ridge..
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  • Air

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    AIR: A mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases..
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  • The Clock Show

    Location: London, ON

    CALL FOR ARTISTS ..
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  • Raw Materials

    Location: Humboldt, SK

    Raw Materials James M. Clow and Bony A. Conly Exhibition runs May 31st through August..
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Marianne Corless - Fur Queen

By Robert Amos April 28, 2003

} Marianne Corless - Fur Queen Marianne Corless: "Further", at the McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square, Victoria (tel: 361-0800, ext. 1806), until May 4. From the moment I stepped into the studio of Marianne Corless, the fur was a commanding presence. Hundreds of coats, in all stages of repair and all types of fur, surrounded us. She laid a beaver pelt at my feet, and I marvelled at its coarse yet soft hairs, and the gleaming shine of it. I felt I'd never seen one before. 'It's quite an exotic creature,' she smiled, 'and it's our national symbol.' The fur trade was based on the use of the fine soft underhairs which were ideal for making high quality felt hats. Marianne Corless grew up in Northern Alberta and came to Victoria to take a B. Sc. degree in Marine Biology. After two years in a Masters program she dropped out and enrolled at the Victoria College of Art. 'It was excellent,' she enthused. 'It was a way to explore art without the necessity of a stringent portfolio.' Among her memorable teachers there were James McGrath ('such a sincere person - he absolutely cared about what you were doing,') and Wendy Welch. Marianne Corless, the artist 'I don't know that I'll ever be a painter,' she remarks, 'though I really love painting.' In second year sculpture class, she took a little table and upholstered it with fur. 'I had some fur left over, and after 9-11 [The World Trade Centre catastrophe] I made a Canadian flag in fur. It was a response to all the American flags, and the flags at half mast.' That work, and her blanket series which emerged simultaneously, were accepted in the B. C. Festival of the Arts. Her participation in that festival (now, regrettably, entirely cancelled) she found to be 'really, really useful.' Realizing that fur and Canadian history are utterly bound together, she began a series of portraits of our historical icons in fur - Queen Elizabeth 1, Sir John A. Macdonald, and Queen Elizabeth 2. She also felt the need to balance this with our French history and added Louis XIV, Louis Riel and Sir Wilfred Laurier. 'The portraits serve a purpose in terms of accessibility. People accept portraits, and can relax and think about the work.' Fur John A. Macdonald, beaver, mink, muskrat, seal and rabbit fur, 28" x 22" The blankets are a complement to the 'very tedious, fine work under the sewing machine,' which is required for the fur pieces. The blankets she sees as more emotive and expressive. Beginning with thrift shop woolen blankets, Corless cut them, wounded them, inflicted bullet holes upon them. 'They became a metaphor for flesh,' she notes. That red rash she painted on them is a reference to small pox. 'Some claim that it was deliberate,' she notes regarding this historical footnote to blankets in Native culture. The wounded blankets were then sutured together, evidence of healing. Out of the wounds emerge little 'hair balls'. 'That¹s my hair,' Corless asserted. 'I think it's a nice comment - animal fur, human hair. Some people think it's gross, but I think it's natural. People tell me all sorts of things.' In her studio I saw little quilts she had made of contrasting colours of fur. One had a maple leaf motif, and she pointed out another which is composed of repeats of the Bank of Montreal symbol. 'That was the first bank in Canada, closely associated with the fur trade,' Corless remarked. The resonances of her work become ever deeper as we explore. Mink, muskrat, seal, buffalo - we are in a menagerie. 'My costs have tripled in the past year,' Corless adds. 'Fur is back in fashion.' She can no longer find any at a good price in thrift shops, and now buys old coats on eBay! 'The computer fur trade,' she snickers. People sell off old coats that have been left too long in storage. The artist senses that the next development of this project will involve the personal histories of those who wore them. Fur Queen II, mink, muskrat, beaver and ermine fur, 16" x 20" 'They're luxury items, like jewelry,' she points out. Sugar daddies buy them for their sweethearts. 'But they devalue over time. And now I come along and recycle them.' The recycling is important to her - she is aware of the political problems some people have with furs, though she is not at all interested in trapping. 'I don't have the stomach for it,' she admits. Fur, to her, is a symbolically beautiful material with an interesting life of its own. Corless has found her work strikes a responsive chord, and this series is scheduled for shows at Vancouver's Artropolis and Grunt Gallery, and later in Calgary and Hamilton. The entire show is available for viewing in the upper foyer of the McPherson Playhouse during performances or by appointment. You can see Marianne Corless¹s entire exhibition on-line at www.corless.ca. ___________________________________________ Copyright © 2003 Robert Amos Robert Amos is an artist and art writer who lives in Victoria, B. C.. He can be contacted by e-mail and you can view his paintings at www.robertamos.com